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Dr. med. vet. Gundula Hoffmann

Head of the working group Digital monitoring of animal welfare

Department: Sensors and Modelling

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Program areas

Research areas

Digital Monitoring of Animal Welfare

The aim of this working area is to improve the health and performance of farm animals as well as working conditions for humans. The aim is to optimise animal husbandry techniques and processes in line with local conditions in order to produce agricultural products in a resource-efficient, environmentally friendly, animal-friendly, high-quality and profitable manner.

Main areas of work

  • Application and development of non-invasive sensor technology in lactating dairy cows
  • Stress assessment, health monitoring, animal monitoring

  • Recording of behaviour and physiological parameters (especially heat stress assessment)

  • Digitalisation of livestock farming




Scientific activities



Curriculum Vitae

  • seit 2008 Scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Department of Engineering for Livestock Management
  • 2006-2008 Scientific employee at the Institute of Agricultural Technology and Biosystems Engineering, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute (vTI) Braunschweig
  • 2004-2008 Doctoral thesis at the Institute of Production Engineering and Building Research, German Federal Agricultural Research Centre (FAL), Braunschweig.Title of the dissertation:"Movement activity and stress exposure of horses in discharge husbandry systems with various movement offerings"
  • 1998-2004 Study of veterinary medicine at the University of veterinary medicine Hannover